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Monday, December 16,2013

Beef production, export estimates up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released with little fanfare last Tuesday. Though there were some exciting production estimate moves for beef, industry eyes were on corn and soybeans, which held few surprises.

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Monday, December 16,2013

Prices, volumes decline in live futures

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Trade was again shrugged off until Friday last week as only 2,844 cash fed cattle sales had taken place by Thursday afternoon. Analysts had predicted this was likely and expected a steady-at-best market relative to the prior week’s $132 live and $208-210 dressed market.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Troubled SD Northern Beef Packers plant sold

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Thursday, Dec. 5 saw the auctioning of the long-beleaguered Aberdeen, SD, Northern Beef Packers plant. Two groups participated in the auction—Wisconsin-based American Foods Group and California-based investment banking firm White Oak Global Advisors—and it was not the food-related participant that claimed the prize.

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Monday, December 9,2013

Tentative agreement in play on Upper Klamath Basin water war

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“This is really definitely a landmark step,” said Don Gentry, Chairman of the Klamath Tribes which has been a major player in the negotiations. “This is really positive but we have a lot of work to do as we move forward to negotiating a final agreement.

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Monday, December 9,2013

Where are cash prices going?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Trade was slow to develop last week ahead and then during the sudden, intense cold weather that gripped most of cattle country. Light purchasing trickled in throughout the week, but by Thursday afternoon the bulk of the week’s trade took place at $132 live and $208-210 dressed, roughly steady with the prior week.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Fat worth chewing: nutritional profiles of beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The review—full title, “Impact of grass/forage feeding versus grain finishing on beef nutrients and sensory quality: The U.S. experience”—found that the greater healthfulness of one type of beef or the other depends on how you slice it, metaphorically speaking.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Surviving social storms takes transparency, trust

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Ranchers are continually forced to wear many hats these days. Added to the good old cowboy hat are about a dozen others.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Cattle on Feed report called neutral

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The November Cattle on Feed report came in dead on the pre-report industry expectations. Though many have called it neutral for this reason, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner of CME’s Daily Livestock Report called it slightly bearish..

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Friday, November 29,2013

Futures creep back after break

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Initial expectations for last week were for a steady cash trade with the prior week’s $130-132 live and $206-208 dressed trade.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Know before you go: three tips before going to the bank

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In this time where visions of low-cost feed combine with higher calf and cull cow prices, low interest rates on loans look very attractive. But despite the allure of low interest rates, agricultural lenders can be reticent to offer loan money to cow/calf operations.

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